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Reports for Season 05/06

 

Asheldam 04/10/05  
Went down to Asheldam on 04/10/05 at first light to find the water bubbling with fish jumping all around the lilies, caught this common weighting in at 11lb 14oz and in good condition on polony, about an hour after returning the fish the lake went quite and i didn't bank any more fish, but still a good day.
Paul  

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Armigers  
mums_080.jpg (2495113 bytes) Caught at armigers 23 lbs mirror carp top lake on sinking bread
Ron Cook  

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Armigers 1/8/05

Fished Armigers on Monday 1/8/05 from 1330hrs until 1845hrs.What a session, 35  fish caught , all carp with the biggest being a 24lb 1oz mirror witnessed by Peter Wilson(Unknown to me until a cry for help to land the fish), caught on floated crust soaked in pilchard oil, 12lb line on size 10 barbless hook. A magnificent fish which was followed by a 18lb 4oz common and 8 further fish over 10lb. Overcast sunny day from a swim that will only be known to who was there ,but more importantly I also lost an even bigger carp which came off the hook after a 10 minute fight. Excellent work by the baliff who has made the fishery a joy to visit. 

Keith Neville  

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Armigers
I am writing to tell you what a great fishery Armigers is and what a fantastic job the bailiff has done on the path from the car park to the lakes. On Sunday I attended a work party with my mate Vic mainly swim maintenance in the afternoon we fished the second lake and caught carp from 3lb to 6lb all day including a tench of 4lb that Vic had surface fishing with crust of all things yes a Tench competing with the carp on the surface. The following Sunday I visited the venue again fishing on the first lake this time with my son James and friend Ken Ewin most of my day was spent teaching my son how to fish and he had about six carp all from 3lb to 6lb on float tackle and thoroughly enjoyed himself. My mate Ken took his new carp gear to gain some experience using it and this is how his day went. First he started out using hair-rigged 14mm Halibut pellets and small pva mesh bags filled with various sized pellets which he caught 4 Carp on. After he changed over to Mainline Pineapple & Banana Response Boilies using a single boilie on the hair and catapulting about half a dozen around the hookbait. He then caught 6 more Carp on the boilies including the 12lb 8oz and the 16lb 1oz all the other fish he caught that day weighed between around 2lb-8lb 8oz.
David Oliva    

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Aasheldham  
ShowLetter.jpg (40993 bytes) Hi, I thought I would drop you a line on my catch. I am a new member to the club,and I went for a 15hour session at Aasheldham fishery. I was well pleased with my catch, I had 6 common carp in all, from 9lb 10oz to 14lb 2oz. Two fell to strawberry boilies, the other four fell to rubber sweet corn, fishing to the pads. A very nice fishery and I will be there again very soon
Danny Bradford  

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Barleylands Farm Reservoir
15lb 2oz 14 lb 4 oz 12lb 8oz  
 
17lb Alison's 17lb p.b. 13lb 4oz  
 
4lb Bream 15lb 6 oz Damo 19lb 8oz  
 
My name is Mark Lewis and i'm sending you my photos of some of our fish that we have caught this season. Crays hill ; myself ,my wife alison and my sons marc and damion all fish here quite often as our main venue between us we have caught over 60 carp from 7lb to 20lb.And are happy with the condition of the fish.We have also caught Bream, some eels and hundreds of roach upto 1lb Both my sons caught new PB at Crays Hill Bicknacre ; Myself alison and my sons fished for a weekend in september; My son marc caught 5 carp from 7lb to 13lb he also lost 6 fish I caught 17 carp from 4lb to a beautiful scaled mirror of 26lb 4oz i also lost 11 carp Alison fished for carp for the 1st time catching 3 carp of 7lb,13lb and a PB of 17lb she also lost several others my son Damion also caught a mixture of over 150 roach to 1lb and perch to 7oz  All the carp were caught on home made boilies with particle and halibut pellets for groundbait
Mark Lewis      

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Barleylands Farm Reservoir
DSCI0005.JPG (90970 bytes)  I fished barleylands for the day and i caught this 19lb mirror carp. I was very lucky to catch it as my dad had been there for 3 days and didn't catch a thing.

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Barleylands Farm Reservoir
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Fished Barleylands with my brother and dad for the bank holiday weekend, I was the only one to catch and that was an 18lb mirror carp.

Andrew Crane

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These fish were caught on a 2 day session (2nd June - 4th June) on the road bank. I myself had 3 Carp, and my two sons had one each. 

 Ian Ardley -

     

 

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Hi,mark lewis here just sending in some more photo's of the beautiful carp we caught this season,
     
     

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Fished using light float tactics with sweetcorn and got a bite a cast with small and medium sized roach.  My Dad fishing on the next swim with same tactics took a double figure carp that took a good ten minutes to get in after a tour of the bay!  Rises everywhere and some carp cruising on the surface.  Tried floater tactics but the birds ate all the loose offerings before the carp did!

Carl Beech

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Dyers Hall 30/08/04  
scan.jpg (275689 bytes) A fish caught on the new lake between Chipping Ongar and Chelmsford by a new member Mr A. Horsnell on his second visit to a Club water. It weighed just under 19 lbs and was caught on ledgered luncheon meat on a size 4 carp hook on 10 lbs line. It was caught just after mid day on 30/08/04 and witnessed by another Club member
   

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Dyers Hall 3/7/05  

Visited Dyers Hall on Sunday afternoon (3/7/05) with my dad. We were the only ones on the lake. Weed was a bit of a problem but I was please to catch this 8lb 6oz tench on a hair rigged strawberry boilie. If you intend to visit it might pay you to take a weed rake if the club rules allow it.

David Bates

   

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Dyers Hall 11 June  
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Fished Dyers Hall on the 11 June with my friend Vic and son James  before we left Vic had a 8Lb.4 Tench the bait two red maggots using float tactics just to show the quality of fish in the lake that has thrived with the help of the weed through the years

David Oliva

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Little Easton's bottom lake 30/08/04
scan0001.jpg (287710 bytes) New member Mrs Horsnell on the 3rd time she had ever fished at Little Easton's bottom lake by the roadside. It weighed exactly 20 lbs, was caught at 10.45 on luncheon meat on 30/08/04.

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Laundry Lake 27/6/05  
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Had a good day at Laundry Lake 27/6/05. A very hot day with plenty of fish showing but not many showing interest. Fished with my dad his friend and my brother. Didn't catch very many but topped the day off with this 12lb common on a 4lb hook length, which was my first surface caught carp.

Graham Bates

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Lunadry Lake  
21lb mirror carp.jpg (530486 bytes) I would like to submit the following catch report, and photo, from a recent first visit to the Lunadry Lake. The day started off bad with not being able to catch the surfacing carp around the lily pads at the car park end. This went on for about three hours. Very frustrating! I then looked for a swim to set up my carp rods/buzzers, but was undecisive. Almost to the point of packing up and going elsewhere. However, I stayed and set up near to the car
park. I made up two ledger rods with Dynamite boilies, and PVA filled with pellets. Well, what followed was without doubt my best days fishing ever. I caught 10 carp, ranging from 10lb - 14lb, but the best was this lovely 21lb mirror. This is now my new P.B. All in, my guess was around 150lb of carp caught in 12 hours! Shame it wasn't a match really. I'll be going back there no doubt, and soon.

Darren Harper

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Passingford Bridge

Sunday 11 Decembe
Visited Passingford Bridge on Sunday 11 December. Saw only one other hardy soul (through the fog) on the stretch. The standard breadflake and crumb approach yielded 3 nice chub from 3 swims on a 40 yard stretch near where the stream enters the river, weighing between 3lbs 6oz and 3lbs 3oz. All of the fish were in excellent condition and very ready to feed despite the very cold conditions. I tried 3 other swims on the way back with bread and worm but without success.Fishing was quite difficult due to the poor condition of the river for this time of year. It is very low, almost static in places, and there is a good deal of weed growth still on the bottom and plenty of duckweed still on the top, however there are plenty of places to fish. I was fishing at around half depth to avoid the rubbish and getting frustrated by the amount of time it took to get a bait through the swim to the "taking point". This stretch will inevitably improve with more rain. 

Colin Whittle

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Passingford Bridge  
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Thought I would give another report on the stretch of Passingford Bridge that we visited again. Still choked up with Soapwort but getting better. Although our visit was nearly a blank due probably to our friendly new acquaintances (see above). My Harold E'll resident son said "I'm not fishing here Dad" ,but soon warmed to the cattle .By the end of

the afternoon he decided he wanted to be a farmer. Although I didn't tell James you would have these animals killed ! Hoping to have another go at the River this Sunday (2nd Oct) as Andy the fishery officer phoned to say he would be at the bank .Who says's that Angling isn't a social scene! 

David Llewellyn.

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River Roding  
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I just thought I should send you this photo of a lovely perch I took.it weighed about two and a half pounds and fell to a worm.I also saw few more of about the same size but that was the biggest I had.

Barrie Clayton

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River Roding  
AndyatMitchellsFarm.jpg (60521 bytes) Andy Banham on the first day at Mitchells Farm, River Roding with a 2 lbs 2 oz perch caught on worm and caster.

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This is more of an appreciation than a catch report to whoever was responsible for acquiring the large new stretch of water frontage from Shonks Road to Passingford bridge. Perhaps we can be successful in getting the Mill side of the Roding next. Last Sunday the day before August Bank Holiday we (James and myself) made our way locally to the bridge crossing at the A113. Initially dismayed at the mass of Soapwort weed choking the River. I found after a struggling stroll suffering sciatica a 50 metre stretch unaffected. Perhaps someone on the opening day (Sat 27th) cleared this .Thanks for that! Although they were not club members because we found some discarded line and tea bags left on swim. I left James on the swim whilst I humped the rest of the gear from the Transit Truck (yes the old one with the blue cab). In the meantime James had made friends with the smallest Pike i have ever seen -more like an overgrown Stickleback. Fascinating creature! Another slightly larger(7") later appeared. It seems they are amazingly tame but would not take offered maggots as a gift. This obviously will be "the" place to Pike fish later in the year, because a huge one did a Moby Dick impression later on in the afternoon. We didn't have so much as a bite after the usual feeding of swim, until I tried a largish worm. Then after a fashion a 1lb perch was landed. After that it was dead until the flies came out at dusk when the roach went hunting. Experimenting with bait again I tried a lump of cheese with the thought of these large Tench or Carp publicised. Well we both had takes on either bread or cheese ,with me being successful in hooking something BIG, only for the hook end to let go . It was one of those occasions with both arms aching holding the pole. This is my type of Fishing- like the natural wild side without all these namby- pamby platforms and featureless waters. It was rather like Dyers Hall but River style before all the weed went. Hard going when you get a big one on, but the fish like the weed ,and the cormorants don't. We / I have yet to visit the Mitchells farm section or Shonks Mill Road ,but this is great and can only get better when the Soapwort goes away. There will be plenty of room for everyone to find a swim then and the M.25 floodlights are handy after dark to see the way back across the cow field. I was confused about the parking though and surprised that we were the only ones on bank on the day. Is the parking the road/layby where the posh houses are ,or the two small laybys on the A113. If it is the latter I would be concerned about security leaving a vehicle out of sight for long periods. Also take care crossing the road. It's amazing what speed vehicles are doing on that stretch of road. Lastly on another matter I noticed the complaint regarding the "surface fishing" at Little Easton Rectory. On our only visit to Rectory this year I could see lots of effort had been made work wise. It was sad to have to remove litter from the waters edge and banks. Then it came to me that it was strange that there were only two vehicles in the car park ,and yet the swims were all taken. Perhaps they all live locally!! More like the water is now heavily poached..I too witnessed a pair of young lads "surface baiting " ,and also stalking the fish .Why didn't I intervene! Well the reason being I was outnumbered by the increasingly awareness of the persons being the "travelling type" Nuff said! Anyhow more pleasent thoughts on our new acquired water!! 

David & James Llewellyn

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Mitchells farm

I arrived at Mitchells farm around 6 a.m. on the first day of opening- 27th August- intending to supervise all the crowds of members wishing to try ournew water. Of course I only saw one other member plus our fishery officer Andy Banham all day. Walking upstream from the farm towards Shonks MillI dropped in anywhere there was a pool or even a small hole in the weeds, and almost all of these held fish. Some members may be put off by thevast tracks of weed which cover the river at the upstream end. However this situation only serves to push the fish into small areas, where they can be caught in numbers. I made a point of moving out of each swim after catching five fish. Having my normal Roding tackle of an 18ft rod plus 4lb line direct certainly helped. A bag of shredded bread plus a few new slices is all you need. Dropping, literally, into these quite deep swims yielded 20 roach to 10oz, six chub to 2.5lbs, and a nice perch on my octopus rig - four redworms hooked in the middle. Andy Banham pointed out the swim with the barbel, not only some 5lb fish but smaller ones which get to the  bait before their parents! You may find lots of farm machinery in the yard, but please park away from them sensibly. We met the owner who is quite happy for members to park on the hard standing near to the field, as long as the machinery can move in & out and he can drive down his track towards the M25. After fishing I called in at Passingford Bridge. The bottom end is unfishable at the moment due to duckweed, but walk upstream and you will eventually find clear areas. Andy did this on Saturday evening and took plenty of roach plus a nice 2lbs 2oz perch. As always with the Roding, you are now seeing it at its most difficult, it only gets better towards winter, so pray for a deluge to clear the duckweed, dig those worms, and put those cheap loaves from Tesco in the Moulinex, travel light, and catch truly wild fish. The owner appears happy at the moment, please do not give him any reason to be upset, such as bad parking, wrongly applying our padlock at Shonks Mill, or abusing his animals, and we will have this water for years to come. Please keep me informed of any notable catches, especially if you find those barbel!
 
DEREK  A.  HOWARD

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Straits Mill    
We all fished here on two occasions 1st trip 8lb common,7lb2oz tench,40 roach and my wife alison also caught a hungry 4lb 8oz jack pike with two maggots,size 20 hook on 3lb line 2nd time 10lb common,6lb tench,over 100 small roach and 64 perch.

Mark Lewis

Alison Lewis first winter carp 15lb 8 oz  

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Straits Mill 9th September

I fished Straits Mill on Sunday (9th September 05) with my Dad and Uncle, it was really quiet all day with none of us having so much as a bleep on our buzzers! At around 6pm the people in the swim next to ours left and I decided to try my luck in there, as it was so difficult to cast where I was, due to the trees. I had only cast in about 5 minutes when the line started stripping from my reel, about 10 minutes later I had this 21lb 12oz Carp on the bank! The fish is a PB for me and is also bigger than anything my dad and Uncle have caught!

Scott Day

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Caught these two lovely carp (10lb common – 13lb mirror) on Saturday 03/07/05 on a short afternoon session – both fought like demons!

 Bill Day

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Southminster  
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I HAD FIRST AND ONLY THREE DAY SESSION WITH MY DAD  FIRST WEEK OF AUGUST HAD 14 FISH TO 18LB ATTACHED ALL ON BOILYS ON PIT 1 AT SOUTHMINSTER

Lisa Foster

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Southminster  
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I fished southminster for the weekend with my brother and my dad. we fished pit 6. all three of us done well my dad catching other 20 carp, me catching other 10 and my brother catching about 5. but i caught the biggest fish and that was a carp weighing in at 10lb's (as shown in the picture).

Daniel Crane

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Southminster    
 
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We went for a 5 day trip to southminster (6/6/05-10/6/05), my wife myself and my son.we had 22 carp in all, although under 10lbs,my son had a 8lb 14oz mirror and my wife had the biggest carp at 10lb 10oz on float fished maggots.all in all a good weeks fishing. We were fishing pit 6

Danny Bradford

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Southminster 01/06/05  
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I fished pit one at southminster on 01/06/05 catching carp to 10lb. All the fish i caught were on maggot (sweetcorn and boilies being ignored) and were in excellent condition. Attached is a picture of the 10lb common carp I caught (on 2 1/4lb line and took over 10 mins to land).

Michael Cross

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Willow Mere  
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Me and my dad went to willow mere on the 18th of july. I caught a 14lb common carp, 13lb 8oz common carp and a 9lb 8oz mirror carp and my dad caught three fish between 8-9lb.

Andrew Crane

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Windmill Lakes  
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I am a new member having joined with my wife in April 2005 (Receipt No.0133) and must send this email to say how much my wife and I have enjoyed fishing the Swan Lake, on some occassions catching Common Carp of a good size between 5lb and 11.5lb. The venue is well maintained and pleased to say very little sign of debris left by other anglers. On odd occassions I have noticed anglers using two rods and as I understand it, the ruling is 1 rod per person on this particular lake. Whilst not wishing to invite an argument, should I remind these anglers of the ruling or should I just leave well alone and just concentrate on our own fishing. We are both in our 60's looking only for a quiet life and a good days fishing. I have attached a photograph of one of the mirror carp I have had the pleasure of landing with considerable fight.

Colin B. Hill

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Swan lake sat 27 aug

We fished swan lake sat 27 aug had 11 carp biggest 15lb 10oz and two bream 6lb each also had tench to 2lbs in margins

Colin Noller

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I am a new member having joined with my wife in April 2005 (Receipt No.0133) and must send this email to say how much my wife and I have enjoyed fishing the Swan Lake, on some occasions catching Common Carp of a good size between 5lb and 11.5lb. The venue is well maintained and pleased to say very little sign of debris left by other anglers.  I have attached a photograph of one of the mirror carp I have had the pleasure of landing with considerable fight.

Colin B. Hill

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Windmill lakes on the 13th June

Had a good day at windmill lakes on the 13th June. I arrived at around 6am with my dad and fished in the far corner of field lake. My dad stayed until lunchtime and went home a happy man after having 3 carp on corn, fished in conjunction with a chopped down pineapple pop-up. I stayed until around 5pm and had a total of 7 carp, including a common of 12lb and a mirror of 11lb. I fished with lt94 boilies over small beds of multiblend pellets, all made by VISION baits. We both kept our tactics simple, semi-fixed setups with basic hair rigs.Also, on a quick note, congratulations to a younger member who had himself a 14lb common on Swan lake. Just one of a few doubles in the day, well done mate!

Joe Haseltine

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Windmill lakes

Been to windmill lakes a few times now and found most people on field lake and hardly anyone on Swan lake.  At times had it to myself!  Fished sweetcorn on lift method with a small crystal float and 6 pound line.  With small a small amount of corn as free offerings little and often, on one occasion I had 5 good sized bream , 1 tench and 1 good carp in 3 hours.  The next two times I was only there for 3 hours and took 2 double figure carp both times.  On each occasion this was right in the margins almost straight under my rod tip, all under single or double corn.

Carl Beech

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Fished Field or Swan (the first one !) lake on a Saturday afternoon, with my wife and son (pictured)  action slow but steady resulting in some roach, rudd, carp and a couple of  great bream (3-4 lb) on the float rod whilst I had a couple of carp on heavier rigs (5lb & 9lb). We lost a double figure carp on the float rod. All in all, an excellent family water – and within a short drive from my home 

One happy junior member.

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